Sioux Falls, SD
Court documents that led to two search warrants of the Lykken family farm in Union County have been released.
Authorities searched the Lykken farm in 2004 thinking that there could be a connection to the 1971 disappearance of Sherri Miller and Pam Jackson.
Remains of the two girls, and the car they were traveling in the night they disappeared, were pulled from Brule Creek last September and in April the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office ruled that the girls died in a car crash.
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The affidavits that were filed to get the 2004 search warrants show that law enforcement officials were misled by one of David Lykken’s acquaintances known in the redacted documents as ‘Victim #6.’
David Lykken is serving a 225 year prison sentence for rape and he was wrongly charged in 2007 with the murder of Jackson and Miller. Charges that were later dropped.
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Victim #6 said David Lykken was aggressive and violent most of his life and that he would be capable of killing someone. Victim #6 went on to say she saw Miller and Jackson slumped over in the Studebaker they were driving the night they disappeared. During a second interview in 2004 after the initial search of the Lykken farm Victim #6 also told authorities she recalled seeing the girls in a large wheelbarrow covered with a tarp.
Now, authorities know that those recollections were not true following the discovery of the Studebaker last September.
“The search warrant contains serious allegations involving nine separate victims and a further look at why law enforcement should have been searching for two missing girls,” South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley said in a statement Friday. “The release of this information neither changes my apology for the disruption caused to the Lykken family during the 2004 search, nor my position that the search was supported by the information know at that time.”
David Lykken’s brother, Kerwyn, told KELOLAND News in April that the discovery of the girls’ remains last fall proves that his family had nothing to do with the disappearance of Miller and Jackson, and that he’s been telling the truth about the cold case for a decade.